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Clearing the mind: A working memory model of distraction from negative mood
The present research examined whether and how loading working memory can attenuate negative mood. In three experiments, participants were exposed to neutral, weakly negative, or strongly negative pictures followed by a task and a mood scale. Working memory demands were varied by manipulating task presence (Study 1), complexity (Study 2), and predictability (Study 3). Participants in all three experiments reported less negative moods in negative trials with high compared to low working memorydoi:10.1037/1528-3518.104.22.1685 pmid:18039038 fatcat:wej4pjghwraj7i7ele7fp3i6du